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Student Senate and the college administration govern all student affairs jointly. The Student Senate is the official governing body and the voice for all students and consists of members who conduct elections, appoint student all-college committee members and advocate for student needs and concerns.

The college policy on Student Involvement in Decision Making outlines how the Student Senate plays a role in college governance.

  • Constitution 2012
    RATIFIED: 2/18/2016

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College

    Cambridge Campus

    Student Senate Constitution

    Preamble

    The Student Senate of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus (herein ARCC-CC) will work to ensure quality, accessibility, and affordability of higher education, while providing students with representation and leadership development, and facilitating communication within the campus, college, and community.

    Article I. Name and Purpose

    Section A. The name of this organization is: Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Campus Student Senate (herein referenced as CSS) .

    Section B. The Campus Student Senate shall be the Campus Student Association as defined by MnSCU Board Policy Chapter 2, Section 1.

    Section C. The purpose of the CSS shall be to:

    Advocate for students, and represent the student body and affiliated organizations regarding matters of student concern;

    1. Represent students in the internal administration of the College, including, but not limited to student activities, hiring, college facilities, budgetary and fiscal matters, and policy development;
    2. Provide a means for establishing and maintaining working relationships between staff, administration, and faculty;
    3. Promote leadership and citizenship throughout the student body;
    4. Protect and promote academic and social policies that will assist with development of each student;
    5. Promote student participation in college activities;
    6. Recommend the chartering of students’ clubs and organizations for approval by the College President;
    7. Collaborate with and provide guidance to student clubs and organizations;
    8. Review requests and allocate funds to student clubs and organizations;
    9. Promote student advocacy at the National and State Government levels
    10. Promote involvement within the community around the College.

    Article II. Membership

    Section A. Types of Membership:

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Public Relations, and Director of Technology.

    Subsection ii. Senators shall consist of students who meet the requirements set in Section B below. All Senators present or proxied at a meeting of the CSS shall have 1 vote.

    Subsection iii. Senators-at-Large shall consist of students interested in involvement who do not otherwise meet the attendance requirements of a voting Senator.

    Section B. Minimum qualifications:

    Subsection i. Membership in the CSS is open to all students with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

    Subsection ii. Membership is open to currently enrolled students, with no less than one (1) credit, who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

    Subsection iii. Students interested in membership must attend two (2) consecutive CSS meetings and submit an application form that includes a signed waiver granting permission for the CSS Advisor to verify eligibility as described in Subsection ii.

    Subsection iv. Must be inducted by a simple majority vote.

    Section C. The responsibilities of members are to include:

    Subsection i. Vote on issues brought before the CSS.

    Subsection ii. Maintain open and friendly communications with the college community.

    Subsection iii. Be a positive role model for other students.

    Subsection iv. Be active on at least one CSS committee, as needed.

    Section D. Senators:

    Subsection i. All Senators must attend regularly scheduled meetings and shall not have more than two (2) consecutive, unexcused absences at the discretion of the student senate president.

    1. If a Senator is more than ten (10) minutes late to a meeting, without prior notification, it is considered one-half (½) of an absence.

    Subsection ii. Senators shall not have more than three (3) consecutive absences, excused or unexcused, at the discretion of the executive board.

    Subsection iii. In the event that a member does not meet the attendance requirements, their status, may be automatically changed to a Senator-At-Large for the remainder of the current semester by following the procedure outlined here.

    1. Senators who miss two consecutive unexcused meetings must be notified in writing of their pending status change to Senator-At-Large by the Secretary and must attend the next CSS meeting to retain full Senator status.
    2. Senators who miss four (4) meetings for any reason must be notified in writing of their pending status change to Senator-At-Large by the Secretary and must attend the next CSS meeting to retain full Senator status.
    3. If a Senator does not attend a meeting after being informed of their pending status change, the Secretary shall immediately change their status to Senator-At-Large.
    4. Exceptions may be made by a 2/3 vote of the CSS at any scheduled meeting.

    Section E. Senators-At-Large:

    Subsection i. May be elected when there is a member or prospective member who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the regularly scheduled CSS meetings.

    Subsection ii. The CSS may at any time, by majority vote, elect an At-Large Representative.

    Subsection iii. Once elected, each has one (1) vote (when present) that cannot be proxied.

    Subsection iv. Will not consist of more than ten (10) students at a time.

    Subsection v. At-Large CSS members may not hold Executive Board positions.

    Subsection vi. Must meet requirements of Section B, above, with the exception of meeting attendance.

    Section F. Minnesota State College Student Association, herein referenced as MSCSA:

    Subsection i. Any Student that is a member of the MSCSA Board is an ex-officio member of the CSS.

    Article III. Structure of Organization

    Section A. All powers of the CSS are delegated to it by the College Administration. Therefore, the College President has the right to veto any act of the CSS or to remove any powers held by the CSS.

    Section B. The CSS shall have an Advisor approved by the College President after consultation with the CSS.

    Section C. The CSS shall have officers that are elected annually by members to form the executive board.

    Section D. Executive Board:

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Public Relations, and Director of Technology.

    Subsection ii. The Executive Board is responsible for all CSS daily activities and minor concerns. They may not authorize the expenditure of funds or make decisions for the CSS as a whole, but may recommend actions for the CSS.

    Subsection iii. The Executive Board is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution.

    Subsection iv. The Executive Board shall be chaired by the President.

    Section E. Any three (3) members of the executive board, acting together, shall have the same authority as the president to express the opinion of the CSS.

    Section F. Membership of the CSS shall be limited to thirty (30) members or one (1) percent of the student body full-time-equivalency (FTE), whichever is greater; and shall include the Executive Board.

    Section G. The CSS shall be associated with the MSCSA in accordance with the MSCSA constitution.

    Section H. CSS members that hold an executive board position within the MSCSA may not be elected or appointed to an executive position within the CSS.

     Article IV. Nomination, Election, and Vacancy of Officers

    Section A. No CSS member may hold more than one (1) elected executive office in student senate at any given time.

    Section B. A member of the Executive Board may temporarily be appointed to fill an empty Executive Board position until another Senator steps forward to fill the position.

    Section C. Any member may hold one office for no more than four (4) full semesters. Any service within said office during a semester shall constitute a full semester.

    Section D. Terms of Office:

    Subsection i. The term of office for any executive board member shall end on June 30th, unless called upon by the President.

    Subsection ii. The term of office for any student representative shall end on June 30th.

    Subsection iii. A student CSS member will be continued if they are present for the next scheduled meeting after June 30th.

    Section E. Vote Tabulation:

    Subsection i. The CSS Advisor and at least one (1) student not running for office appointed by the CSS President shall form an election committee in charge of running the elections by:

    1. the tabulation of ballots in all elections.
    2. hearing any complaints about unfairness in any aspect of the elections.

    Subsection ii. If the CSS advisor is not available, the president shall appoint a person to assist with the tabulation of the ballots.

    Subsection iii. Immediately upon tabulation, the President shall notify the CSS, and subsequently the student body, faculty, and administration, of the election outcome.

    Section F. Spring Elections:

    Subsection i. The offices of the President and Vice President shall be elected by the student body during the spring semester of each school year before the MSCSA Spring General Assembly.

    Subsection ii. Any student intending to enroll for at least three (3) credits for the upcoming year may apply for a ballot on the voting ticket.

    Subsection iii. Candidates applying for either position must submit a letter of intent to the current CSS at least five (5) business days prior to election date, which shall include:

    1. Name
    2. Office of intent
    3. Qualifications for office
    4. Future plans for CSS
    5. No less than fifteen (15) student signatures and corresponding student/tech IDs indicating support

    Subsection iv. No write-in candidates shall be allowed. Ballots with write-in votes shall not be counted.

    Subsection v. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.

    Subsection vi. No candidates may preside over the voting booth or count the ballots.

    Subsection vii. If deemed necessary, supervision of voters and voting will take place by objective members of staff to ensure that neither ballot tampering or intimidation of voters has taken place. This may include a private, single-voter area being erected for the purpose of privacy.

    Subsection viii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section E.

    Subsection ix. Candidate with the most votes shall be declared the winner.

    Subsection x. The winner of the spring election shall take office the following July 1st.

    Section G. Fall Elections

    Subsection i. Nominees for any Executive Board position must be a current or pending CSS member; there is no limit to the amount of nominees on any one ballot.

    Subsection ii. The Secretary, Director of Public Relations, Treasurer, and Director of Technology shall be nominated and elected by current CSS members during the third CSS meeting of fall semester.

    Subsection iii. Nominations and elections for all executive board positions during the fall elections shall take place in one meeting except in cases of removal, dismissal or no nomination for position.

    Subsection iv. Following a nomination, candidates are required to introduce themselves, state their qualifications, and provide other information regarding their interest in the office.

    Subsection v. The election shall be held by secret ballot or upon discretion of the president, by general consent.

    Subsection vi. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.

    Subsection vii. All Senators in attendance get exactly one (1) vote in each election. No votes can be proxied.

    Subsection viii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section E.

    Subsection ix. A candidate is elected by receiving the most votes. In the case of a tie, a second vote between only the tied candidates will be taken, and the president shall act as a tiebreaker. The candidate with the most votes will be sworn into the position.

    Section H. Removal or Resignation:

    Subsection i. In cases of removal or resignation of officers, a special mid-year election is required.

    Subsection ii. This election shall take place no sooner than six (6) days after the resignation or dismissal is effective.

    Subsection iii. In the exception of semester break,the special election shall take place the second meeting after the semester resumes.

    Subsection iv. Mid-year elections shall be conducted as fall elections.

    Subsection v. Failure to meet these criteria may result in removal:

    1. Failing to carry-out his/her membership responsibilities; as specified in Article II, Section C.
    2. Failing to maintain minimum qualifications.
    3. Failing to follow student conduct set forth by Anoka Ramsey Community College.
    4. Tardiness will be recognized by the CSS board and will be addressed accordingly.

    Section I. Succession ( a.k.a. Chain of Command):

    Subsection i. The Vice President shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection ii. The Secretary shall fill a vacancy in the office of the Vice President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection iii. The Secretary shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President if the office of the Vice President is empty, or the Vice President is unable or declines to fill the position of President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.

    Subsection iv. In the absence of the Secretary, the President shall appoint a member as interim secretary to take minutes until the position is filled.

    Subsection v. In the absence of the President, Vice President, and Secretary, the CSS Advisor shall chair an election to fill one or more positions before any further business is conducted. The CSS Advisor may appoint one CSS member to assist in the tabulation of the ballots.

    Section J. Campaigning Rules:

    Subsection i. Campaign posters and paraphernalia require approval from the Student Activities Coordinator and shall conform to the college posting policy.

    Subsection ii. There will be a limit of twelve (12) posters per campaign, per candidate.

    Subsection iii. Only four (4) posters may be larger than legal size paper.

    Subsection iv. Candidates may not send out global emails through the campus email network.

    Subsection v. Campaigns may not be funded in part or in whole by student-life funds.

    Subsection vi. Candidates shall remove posters and campaign paraphernalia by no more than 24 hours post election.

    Article V. Duties of Executive Board Officers

    Section A. Requirements of all Executive Board Officers:

    Section A. Requirements of all Executive Board Officers:

    Subsection i. All Executive Board Officers must meet the minimum qualifications for Senators as outlined in Article II Section B. Minimum Qualifications and Article II Section D. Senators.

    Subsection ii. Any Executive Board position must be vacated upon that officer’s status change to Senator-At-Large.

    Subsection iii. All Executive Board Officers must carry at least three (3) credits per semester at ARCC-CC.

    Subsection iv. All Executive Board Officers must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

    Subsection v. All Executive Board Officers must commit at least one (1) hour per week to staffing the CSS office.

    Subsection vi. Any Executive Board Officer cannot be a member of the CSS executive board of any other college, the MSCSA executive board, or the Minnesota State Universities Student Association (herein MSUSA) executive board. You may run for a maximum of two (2) executive board positions, but you must disclose your other executive position to the clubs you are involved in. You may not be president of more than one club. People running for these positions should be mindful of their time commitments.

    Subsection vii. Executive Board members shall hold no powers not specifically outlined in this document unless approved by the full senate at a regular or emergency meeting held for such a purpose.

    Section B. President:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Responsible for the overall organization and operations of the CSS, and for enforcing the constitution.
    2. Preside over regularly scheduled CSS meetings, including Executive Board meetings.
    3. Call and preside over special CSS meetings.
    4. Ensure that motions passed by the CSS are carried out.
    5. Appoint members to fill temporary Executive Board vacancies.
    6. Co-chair the ARCC-CC Campus Activities Board with the Student Activities Coordinator.
    7. Serve as Ex-Officio Chair of all internal committees unless an alternate is appointed by the President or elected by the CSS.
    8. Represent the student body on the College Advisory Committee.
    9. Possess knowledge of MSCSA governing documents.
    10. Be familiar with MnSCU and ARCC student-related policies.
    11. Represent the CSS and serve as chief delegate at MSCSA events.
      a) If unable to attend MCSA meetings, the President may appoint another member to attend as the CSS delegate.
    12. Maintain regular communication with other community and technical colleges and the MSCSA Executive Board.
    13. Meet weekly with the Student Activities Coordinator.
    14. Orient new members to policies and procedures of the CSS.
      a) Assist other members in any special projects or events.
    15. Prepare meeting agendas for the Secretary three days prior to regular meetings.

    Section C. Vice President:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall assist the President in all Presidential duties.
    2. Preside over meetings in the absence of the President.
    3. Advise the CSS concerning matters of parliamentary procedure.
      a) Assist the presiding officer, as requested, on questions of parliamentary procedure as defined by Robert’s Rules of Order.
      b) Assist the presiding officer by keeping track of the order of those wishing to speak, motions, amendments, voting, etc. during meetings.
      c) Be available to meet with the Board at meetings whenever needed, as assigned by the President.
      d) Assist with the coordination of motions and resolutions as requested.
    4. Shall organize and chair the following working document committees as necessary:
      a) Constitution Committee
      b) Platform Committee.
    5. Assist the President in maintaining the organization of CSS and in handling the internal affairs of the CSS.
    6. Assist other members in any special projects or events.

    Section D. Secretary:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall distribute CSS meeting agendas.
    2. Shall notify the Students of ARCC-CC of actions taken by the CSS, issues, and meetings in coordination with the Director of Public relations.
    3. Shall maintain accurate historical records of CSS, including agendas, meeting minutes, Constitution and Bylaws, CSS membership rosters, etc
    4. Shall assist the CSS Advisor in verifying that all members meet the membership requirements.
    5. Shall update the Constitution and Bylaws with amendments.
    6. Shall record meetings minutes.
    7. Shall distribute minutes to interested students, faculty, and administration prior to the next scheduled meeting.
    8. Shall ensure that each member of the Executive Board has a current copy of the Constitution.
    9. Shall keep an accurate senate member roster, and report on additions, subtractions and status changes at each regular meeting.
    10. Shall take roll-call votes.
    11. Shall update policy manual as required.
    12. Shall post the CSS documents on both the Student Senate Bulletin board(s) as well as work with the CSS Adviser to post documents electronically, including:
      a) Meeting Agendas at least one (1) business day prior to the meeting
      b) Meeting Minutes at least one (1) business day prior to the next meeting

    Section E. Director of Public Relations

    Subsection i. Responsibilities

    1. Shall promote the CSS to the campus and recruit new members.
    2. Shall distribute, as appropriate, mass communication noting concerns and positions of CSS on key issues.
    3. Shall submit publicity for CSS sponsored events to appropriate parties (student newspaper, local media, electronic displays, etc.)
    4. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA platform committee and the Metro North Regional Member thereof.
    5. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA Government Relations Association.
      a) Promote MSCSA Rally Days on campus.
    6. Shall Chair the Legislative Committee, if established.
    7. Shall administer CSS’s Facebook group.
      a) Assist clubs with promotion when requested.
      b) Keep the CSS members knowledgeable about proceedings within the CSS.
    8. Shall notify the students of ARCC-CC of actions taken by the CSS, issues, and meetings in coordination with the secretary.

    Section F. Treasurer:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall administer and maintain accurate records of all budgets funded through Student Life fees.
    2. Shall report to the Student Senate and its Executive Committee on the Government and related budgets.
    3. Shall serve as the Cambridge Campus student representative to the ARCC Budget Committee.
    4. Shall assist the President when actions taken by Student Senate involve the expenditure or transfer of funds, and shall ensure that proper procedures are followed to carry out the intentions of the Government.
    5. Shall chair the Student Senate Finance Committee, if established.
      a) Serves as the primary Student Senate contact with the Business Office on budget issues.
    6. Shall be in charge of filling out internal requisition forms.

    Section G. Director of Technology:

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    1. Shall be a member of the ARCC Cambridge Campus Technology Committee and actively participate in the decision making process for the adjustment of the student technology fees.
    2. Shall maintain CSS website(s), list-serves, email systems, and all related technology business.
    3. Shall maintain CSS website(s), list-serves, email systems, and all related technology business.
    4. Shall maintain contact with the MSCSA platform committee and the Metro North Regional Member thereof.
    5. Shall maintain communication with the Information Technology Services.
      a) Shall work to maintain electronic documents.
      b) Shall archive and digitize all papers relative to the CSS’s business as needed.
    6. Shall post meeting minutes and agendas as needed.

    Article VI. Committees

    Section A. The President shall appoint any CSS member to College committees (standing or ad-hoc) with joint representation from student, faculty, staff, and administration of the college.

    Section B. Senators who stand on committees, either of the CSS or the College, are required to attend such committee meetings.

    Section C. CSS standing committees are committees that have indefinite terms and need to be maintained yearly.They include:

    Subsection i. Constitution Committee, chaired by the Vice President

    Subsection ii. Platform Committee, chaired by the Vice President.

    Subsection iii. Legislative Committee, chaired by the Director of Public Relations

    1. Investigate and keep the CSS informed of bills in the state legislature and congress that relate to higher education. Other duties may include but are not limited to:
      a) Maintaining contact with state legislators, city council members, members of Congress, and County Commissioner, who represent the community around ARCC-CC.
      b) Coordinating meetings between members of CSS and state legislators at the MSCSA Advocacy Days.
    2. Arranging Debates between local candidates in election years.

    Section D. All ad-hoc committees formed by a majority vote of the CSS shall be chaired by the President unless an alternate chair is appointed by the President or elected by the CSS.

    Subsection i. Each ad-hoc committee is disbanded at a date set by the CSS.

    Section E. All committees shall provide a verbal report monthly at a regularly scheduled meeting. Written reports shall include, but not be limited to: place, dates of meetings, members, visitors in attendance, and brief summary of each meeting.

    Article VII. Meetings

    Section A. The CSS shall meet once per week during fall and spring semesters, excluding finals week and spring break, or at the call of the President during summer session.

    Section B. Emergency Meetings:

    Subsection i. The President, a majority of Senators, or a group of fifty (50) students may call an emergency meeting in order to deal with crucial issues as they arise.

    Subsection ii. Emergency meetings shall not take the place of regularly scheduled meetings.

    Subsection iii. Twenty-four (24) hours notice must be given for such meetings, and the agenda must be posted twenty-four (24) hours in advance.

    Section C. Any CSS member, College administrator, faculty member, staff member, or registered student may submit an item to the agenda within one (1) hour of regularly scheduled meetings.

    Section D. All meetings are subject to Robert's Rules of Order, current edition.

    Section E. The President shall chair CSS meetings. In the event of vacancies or absences, the temporary chair shall be (in this order): the Vice President, Secretary, allocated by the CSS advisor.

    Section F. Attendance:

    Subsection i. CSS members are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings.

    Subsection ii. A member will not be considered in attendance if they do not stay for 30 minutes or ½ of the meeting whichever is less.

    Subsection iii. A member is required to notify the Secretary or President in advance of an absence.

    Subsection iv. A member of the Executive Board who plans to be absent must submit their Executive Board Report to the President or Vice President before the meeting.

    Subsection v. Failure to notify in advance and/or submit a report shall result in an unexcused absence.

    Section G. All meetings are open to all interested parties; The President must grant the floor to anyone wishing to speak, with the ability of the president to place a reasonable time limit.

    Section H. Filibusters are not allowed in CSS meetings.

    Section I. The CSS, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may remove anyone from the room who is disturbing order and otherwise disturbing the flow of the meeting.

    Section J. The CSS, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, may order to discuss a sensitive or private issue. Only CSS members and the CSS Advisor may be in attendance for said issue.

    Section K. Layout:

    Subsection i. The order of business shall be:

    1. Call to Order
    2. Roll Call and Establishment of Quoru
    3. Approval of the Agend
    4. Approval of the Minutes
    5. Student Open Floor and Guest Speakers
    6. Executive Board Report
    7. Advisor Repor
    8. Committee Report
    9. Unfinished Busines
    10. New Business
    11. Announcements
    12. Adjournment

    Subsection ii. The President or meeting chairperson may use discretion in deviating from above order of business as may be necessary for any individual meeting.

    Article VIII. Clubs and Organizations

    Section A. Student groups seeking official club or organization status must meet the following requirements:

    Subsection i. Must have no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

    Subsection ii. Ensure that the club’s purpose will benefit students and the College.

    Subsection iii. Secure a faculty or staff advisor, approved by the Student Activities Coordinator and the Dean of Student Life.

    Subsection iv. Submit a proposed written constitution to the CSS. If the proposed club is affiliated with a state or national organization, the affiliated constitution and the terms of affiliation must also be submitted.

    Subsection v. Submit a roster of active student-members and student/tech IDs, ensuring the minimum membership is at least five (5) members.

    Subsection vi. Approval of the charter requires a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the CSS.

    Subsection vii. A pre-term calendar of events and financial/budget statement must also be presented to the CSS.

    Section B. Responsibilities of clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. Maintain at least five (5) active student members at all times. Each member must be registered with the CSS, and be a registered student of the campus with at least one (1) credit.

    Subsection ii. Submit revisions and or amendments to the club Constitution and Bylaws as needed.

    Subsection iii. Submit the pre-term calendar of events and financial/budget statement to the CSS annually.

    Subsection iv. All clubs and organization members that receive approval for travel must agree and sign the Student Travel Responsibility Contract and return it to the Student Activities Coordinator.

    Section C. CSS responsibilities in regard to clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. The CSS considers requests for provisional and official club status and recommends action to the College President. The College President shall have final authority to approve or deny all charters.

    Subsection ii. The CSS shall have the right to inspect all books, records, and activities of clubs to review operations and to determine that clubs are operating within their stated purpose.

    Subsection iii. The CSS shall have the privilege of calling presiding officers or other duly constituted members of the clubs for consultation when considering matters of concern to these organizations.

    Subsection iv. The CSS may suspend or place on probation clubs and organizations that are determined, by means of a hearing, to be in violation of the CSS rules or of their charter.

    Subsection v. The CSS, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may revoke the charter and official club status of any club or organization which fails to abide by its stated purpose, responsibilities or overall requirements of the College. Prior to revocation, club members shall be granted an opportunity to speak on behalf of the club.

    Section D. Each group, club and/or organization must have one student representative who will meet with the Campus Activity Board to discuss upcoming events or other pertinent business.

    Section E. One student representative of each club/group/organization that receives student life funds should attend one CSS meeting a semester and should report their club activity.

    Section F. Revising old charters. Each group, club, and/or organization shall submit updated charters/constitutions to be approved according to the same CSS requirements in the fall of each year.

    Article IX. Discipline

    Section A. Any CSS member found in violation of the Student Conduct Code or illegal behavior shall be removed from the CSS immediately by the CSS advisor.

    Section B. Any CSS member is subject to removal for:

    Subsection i. Failing to maintain the minimum qualifications stated in Article II, Section A (as determined by the Student Senate Advisor).

    Subsection ii. Failing to carry out his/her membership responsibilities.

    Subsection iii. Behaving in a manner deemed unfit by the CSS.

    Subsection iv. Missing two (2) consecutive meetings unexcused (see Article II, Section C., Subsection v.).

    Subsection v. A meeting absence will be considered excused as long as the President or Secretary is notified in advance that the Senator cannot be in attendance.

    Section C. With the exception of immediate removal due to a Student Conduct violation or other illegal/unethical behavior, a two-thirds (2/3) vote is necessary to remove a member from CSS. To the extent possible, the member being considered for removal shall be given an opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf.

    Article X. Dormancy and Method of Dissolution

    Section A. In the event the CSS becomes dormant, the CSS Advisor shall set a meeting and notify all Representatives.

    Section B. The ARCC-CC CSS may be dissolved by one (1) or more of the following methods:

    1. By a two-thirds (⅔) vote of the student body
    2. Closing of the college.

    Article XI. Amendment

    Section A. Suggestions to amend the Constitution may be made in the following manners

    Subsection i. Any administrative staff of the college may submit a proposed amendment to the appropriate committee.

    1. Any Senator may submit a proposed amendment to the Constitution committee for consideration.

    Subsection ii. Any student may submit a proposed amendment to the CSS, if a petition supporting the amendment has signatures of seventy-five (75) students, or five (5%) percent of the student body full-year enrollment (FYE), whichever is fewer.

    Subsection iii. A proposed amendment must be presented to the CSS at least one meeting prior to the vote on the amendment.

    Section B. Amendment Requirements:

    Subsection i. The Constitution shall be amended by two thirds (2/3) vote of the CSS.

    Section C. Ratification:

    Subsection i. Amendments to the Constitution, when ratified, take effect 1 week after being posted in two places (Online, on the ARCC website, and in the Student Life Activities Center) by the Secretary.

    Subsection ii. Any major amendment made to this document shall be listed in Article XIII. Revision History.

    Section D. This document may be suspended, as a whole or in part, temporarily by a two thirds (2/3) vote.

    Article XII. Revision History

    Section A. Revisions made 2009

    Subsection i. Bylaws became part of the constitution again.

    Subsection ii. Article X, Section 2 & Added Subsection v.

    Subsection iii. Article IV. Section 4 & Section 7 & Article VIII Section 2 & Section 6

    1. Broken up into subsections
    2. Parliamentarian and Director of Finance job descriptions added.

    Section B. Revisions made Dec. 2009

    Subsection i. Article V. Job descriptions were modified.

    Section C. Revisions made April 2012

    Subsection i. Article V. Section B, C, D, E, F, and G.

    1. Job descriptions were modified.

    Section D. Revisions made April 2013

    1. Added Director of student Club Affairs.
    2. Made changes to Article V subsection vi.
    3. Revised whole constitution.
    4. Made grammatical changes.

    Section E. Revisions made April 2015

    1. Grammatical Changes made.
    2. Changed names of the Student Government to Senate, as well as officer names.
    3. Changed GPA from 2.0 to 2.5.

    Section F.

    1. Made grammatical changes.
    2.  General Formatting.
    3. Revised Preamble.
    4. Added “gender” to Article II Section B Subsection i
      a) Article VIII Section A Subsection i
    5. Article II Section B Subsection i, added point 1.
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  • These students from Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge campus volunteer their efforts and time to make Student Senate work.

    EXECUTIVE BOARD

    President, Julie Beenken
    Vice President, Anna Halvorson
    Secretary, Susan Erickson
    Treasurer, Dean Beenken
    Director of Public Relations, open
    Director of Technology, Michael Badger

    CAMBRIDGE SENATORS

    Senator, Susan Erickson
    Senator, Emily Deglman
    Senator, Nick Searles
    Senator, Andrea Gerrard

  • Cambridge Student Senate meetings are held:

    Mondays
    12 to 1 pm
    Rm F205

    All students are encouraged to attend!

  • Constitution (Ratified April 6, 2016)

    Article I.  Name and Purpose

    Section 1. All powers of the Student Senate are delegate to it by the College Administration. Therefore, the College President has the right to veto any act of the Student Senate or to remove any powers held by the Student Senate.

    Section 2. The Student Senate shall have an Advisor approved by the College President after consultation with the Student Senate.

    Section 3. The Student Senate shall have officers that are elected annually by senators to form the executive board.

    Section 4. Executive Board

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall include the President, Vice President, Director of Communications, Director of Public Relations and Director Legislation, Clubs Coordinator, and Student Senate Technology Liaison.

    Subsection ii. The Executive Board is responsible for all Student Senate daily activities and minor concerns. They may not authorize the expenditures of funds or make decisions for the Student Senate as a whole, by may recommend actions for the Student Senate.
    Subsection iii. The Executive Board is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution.
    Subsection iv. The Executive Board shall hold regularly scheduled meeting, unless total Student Senate membership consists of fewer than twelve (12) persons.
    Subsection v. The Executive Board shall be chaired by the President.

    Section 5. Any three (3) members of the Executive Board, acting together, shall have the same authority as the President to express the opinion of the Student Senate.

    Section 6. Membership of the Student Senate shall be limited to thirty (30) members or one (1) percent of the student body full-time equivalency (FTE), whichever is greater; and shall include the Executive Board.

    Section 7. The Student Senate shall be associated with the Minnesota State College Student Association, herein referenced as MSCSA, in accordance with the MSCSA constitution.

    Section 8. Student Senate members that hold an executive positon within MSCSA may not be elected nor appointed to an executive position within the Student Senate.

     Subsection i.  Function

    a) Advocate for students and represent the student body and affiliated organizations regarding matters of student concern;
    b) Provide a means for establishing and maintaining working relationships between staff, administration, and faculty;
    c) Promote leadership and citizenship throughout the student body;
    d) Protect and promote academic and social policies that will assist with development of each student;
    e) Acquire and relay accurate information to the student body;
    f) Review and recommend for action all club and organizational charters;
    g) Further and improve student participation in college activities;
    h) Review requests and allocate funds to student clubs and organizations;
    i) Collaborate with and provide guidance to student clubs and organizations;
    j) Aid in the internal administration of the College, including, but not limited to:

    • Student activities
    • Hiring activities
    • College facilities
    • Budgetary and fiscal matters
    • Policy development

    k) Promote student advocacy at the National and State Government levels;
    l) Promote involvement within the community around the College

    Article II. Membership

    Section 1. Minimum qualifications

    Subsection i. The Student Senate is open with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
    Subsection ii.  Membership is open to currently enrolled students, with no less than one (1) credit, who maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
    Subsection iii. Students interested in membership must attend two (2) full consecutive Student Senate meetings (voted in at the beginning of the third consecutive meeting during open floor).
    Subsection iv. Interested students must fill out the Student Senate Application and hand it in to the Director of Student Activities.
    Subsection v. Must be inducted by a simple majority vote, except in cases of students seeking At-Large status which requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote.

    Section 2. The responsibilities and expectations of all members include:

    Subsection i. Staff the office for one hour a week

    a) The senate will discuss initiatives with explanations in the meetings, a written list will be provided in the office.
    b) When the Student Senate takes on an initiative it is strongly encouraged that all senators offer their assistances in the implementation of said initiatives.

    Subsection ii. Actively serve on at least one (1) committee/board per academic year.
    Subsection iii. Consider all sides of funding requests brought before the Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. Vote on issues brought before the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. Maintain open and friendly communications with the college community.
    Subsection vi. Be a positive role model for the student body.
    Subsection vii. Attend regularly scheduled meetings. Members shall not have more than two (2) unexcused absences.

    Section 3. Senators

    Subsection i. A senator is a student on the Student Senate and is a voting member of the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Senators who are elected in fall are to be senators until finals week of the academic school year.
    Subsection iii. All voting members are required to spend at least one (1) hour per week in the Student Senate Office.
    Subsection iv. Duties will include volunteering on a Student Senate sponsored event, completing reports for monthly club and activity, distributing Student Senate information to interested student, tabling and helping the Coon Rapids Student Senate Executive Board with special projects.
    Subsection v. This student must also be registered for, and maintain a minimum credit of one (1) credit with a minimum ARCC cumulative GPA of 2.00.
    Subsection vi. Senators who miss two (2) consecutive unexcused meetings are recognized as forfeiting their privileges and position as a senator of the Student Senate.
    Subsection vii. Senators who miss two (2) weeks of one (1) hour per week office hours are said to be ex-officio.

    a) A senator to be reinstated shall attend two (2) consecutive meetings with a two-thirds (2/3) vote.

    Section 4. At-Large Student Senate member

    Subsection i. Students seeking At-Large status must submit a letter of intent to the Student Senate President to be read before a meeting prior to an At-Large election.
    Subsection ii. May be elected when there is a member or prospective member who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the regularly scheduled Student Senate meetings.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate may at any time, by two-thirds (2/3) vote; elect an At-Large Representative.
    Subsection iv. Once elected has one (1) vote (when present) that cannot be proxied.
    Subsection v. Will not consist of more than 25% (1 in 4) of senators at a time.
    Subsection vi. At-Large Student Senate members may not hold Executive Board positions.
    Subsection vii. Must meet requirements as mentioned in Section 1 and 2, with exception to meeting attendance.
    Subsection viii. All At-Large Members shall run from the date elected until completion of finals week of the academic year.

    Section 5. Alumni Student Senator

    Subsection i. Will consist of no more than two (2) members at a time.
    Subsection ii. Students seeking the Alumni Student Senator position must first fill out a letter of intent, fill out a Student Senate Application, and be approved by the Dean of Student Life.
    Subsection iii. Must have been on the Executive Board and have contributed to the well-being of the student body and the college.
    Subsection iv. Alumni may be voted in to help continue advocacy work with Student Senate.
    Subsection v. The Alumni Student Senator must be voted in by three-fourths (¾) majority vote of the Student Senate.
    Subsection vi. Alumni Student Senators do not have voting rights.
    Subsection vii. Alumni must remain active in Student Senate activities.

    Article III. Structure of Organization

    Section 1. All powers of the Student Senate are delegate to it by the College Administration. Therefore, the College President has the right to veto any act of the Student Senate or to remove any powers held by the Student Senate.

    Section 2. The Student Senate shall have an Advisor approved by the College President after consultation with the Student Senate.

    Section 3. The Student Senate shall have officers that are elected annually by senators to form the executive board.

    Section 4. Executive Board

    Subsection i. The Executive Board shall include the President, Vice President, Director of Communications, Director of Public Relations and Director Legislation, Clubs Coordinator, and Student Senate Technology Liaison.
    Subsection ii. The Executive Board is responsible for all Student Senate daily activities and minor concerns. They may not authorize the expenditures of funds or make decisions for the Student Senate as a whole, by may recommend actions for the Student Senate.
    Subsection iii. The Executive Board is responsible for the interpretation of the Constitution.
    Subsection iv. The Executive Board shall hold regularly scheduled meeting, unless total Student Senate membership consists of fewer than twelve (12) persons.
    Subsection v. The Executive Board shall be chaired by the President.

    Section 5. Any three (3) members of the Executive Board, acting together, shall have the same authority as the President to express the opinion of the Student Senate.

    Section 6. Membership of the Student Senate shall be limited to thirty (30) members or one (1) percent of the student body full-time equivalency (FTE), whichever is greater; and shall include the Executive Board.

    Section 7. The Student Senate shall be associated with the Minnesota State College Student Association, herein referenced as MSCSA, in accordance with the MSCSA constitution.

    Section 8. Student Senate members that hold an executive positon within MSCSA may not be elected nor appointed to an executive position within the Student Senate.

    Article IV. Nomination, Election, and Vacancy of Officers

    Section 1. No Student Senate member may hold more than one (1) Student Senate executive office at any given time.

    Section 2. Any member may hold one (1) office for no more than four (4) full semesters. With exception to a vacant office and no interested parties. Any service within said office during a semester shall constitute a full semester.

    Subsection i. If no interested parties come forward during the nominations the Student Senate President may temporarily appoint a willing member that has reached the term limit.

    Section 3. Terms of Office

    Subsection i. The term of office for any executive board member shall end on June 30, unless called upon by the President.
    Subsection ii. A student’s Student Senate membership will continue if they are present for the next regularly scheduled meeting after June 30.
    Subsection iii. All Students-At-Large positions end on the first day of the next term. Anyone wishing to stay a Student-At-Large must follow Article II, Section 4 with the exception of meeting attendance.

    Section 4. Vote Tabulation

    Subsection i. The Student Senate Advisor and at least one (1) student not running for office appointed by the Student Senate President shall form an election committee in charge of running the elections.

    a) They are responsible for the tabulation of ballots in all elections.
    b) Hearing any complaints about unfairness in any aspect of the elections.

    Subsection ii. If the Student Senate advisor is not available, the President shall appoint a person to assist with tabulation of the ballots.
    Subsection iii. Immediately upon tabulation, the President shall notify the Student Senate, and subsequently the student body, faculty, and administration of the election outcome.
    Subsection iv. The vote shall be by secret ballot unless called by the President or Student Senate members.

    Section 5. Spring Elections

    Subsection i. The offices of the President and Vice President shall be elected by the student body during the spring semester of each school year before the MSCSA Spring General Assembly.
    Subsection ii. Any student intending to enroll for at least three (3) credits for the upcoming year may apply for a ballot on the voting ticket.
    Subsection iii. Candidates applying for either position must submit a letter of intent to the current Student Senate at least five (5) business days prior to election date, which shall include:

    a) Name
    b) Office of intent
    c) Qualifications for office
    d) Future plans for Student Senate
    e) No less than fifteen (15) student signatures and corresponding student/tech ID’s indicating support.

    Subsection iv. No write-in candidates shall be allowed. Ballots with write-in votes shall not be counted.
    Subsection v. “No confidence” and “abstain” shall be offered as choices on the ballot.
    Subsection vi. No candidates may preside over the voting booth or count the ballots.
    Subsection vii. If deemed necessary, supervision of voters and voting will take place by objective members of staff to ensure that neither ballot tampering nor intimidation of voters has taken place. This may include a private, single-voter area being erected for the purpose of privacy.
    Subsection viii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section 5.
    Subsection ix. A simple majority shall win the election.
    Subsection x. The winner of the spring election shall take office the following July 1st.

    Section 6. Fall Elections

    Subsection i. Nominees for any Executive Board Office must be a current Student Senate member; there is no limit to the amount of nominees on any one ballot.
    Subsection ii. The Director of Communications, Director of Public Relations and Legislation, Clubs Coordinator and Student Senate Technology Liaison, shall be nominated and elected by current Student Senate members during the second Student Senate meeting of the fall semester.
    Subsection iii. Nominations and elections for all executive board positions during the fall elections shall take place in one meeting except in cases of removal, dismissal or no nomination for position.
    Subsection iv. Following a nomination, a candidate shall be required to introduce themselves, state their qualifications, and provide other information regarding their interest in the office.
    Subsection v. The elections shall be by secret ballot.
    Subsection vi. “No confidence” and “abstain” (For conflict of interest or bias) shall be offered as choices on the ballot.
    Subsection vii. Votes to be tabulated as stated in Section 5.
    Subsection viii. A candidate wins by receiving a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote. If no single candidate receives a two-thirds majority, the candidate(s) receiving the lowest total of votes (and those with no votes) shall be dropped from the ballot. With only two (2) candidates remaining on a ballot, a simple majority shall win the election.

    Section 7. Removal or Resignation

    Subsection i. In cases of removal or resignation of officers, a special mid-year election is required.
    Subsection ii. The election shall take place no sooner than six (6) days after the resignation or dismissal is effective.
    Subsection iii. If an officer resigns or is removed over a semester break, then the following semester, a special election for the vacant position shall take place during the second official meeting.
    Subsection iv. Mid-year elections shall be conducted as fall elections.

    Section 8. Succession

    Subsection i. The Vice President shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection ii. The Director of Communications shall fill a vacancy in the office of the Vice President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection iii. The Director of Communications shall fill a vacancy in the office of the President if the office of the Vice President is empty or the Vice President is unable/declines to fill the position of President until such a time that an election may be performed for the position.
    Subsection iv. In the absence of the Director of Communications, the President shall appoint a member as interim secretary to take minutes until the position is filled.
    Subsection v. In the absence of the President, Vice President, and Director of Communications, the Student Senate Advisor shall chair an election to fill one or more positions before any further business is conducted. The Student Senate Advisor may appoint one Student Senate member to assist in the tabulation of the ballots.

    Section 9. Campaign Rules

    Subsection i. Campaign posters and paraphernalia require approval from the Director of Student Activities and shall conform to the college posting policy.
    Subsection ii. There will be a limit of ten (10) posters per campaign.
    Subsection iii. Only four (4) posters may be larger than 8 ½“ x 11” size paper.
    Subsection iv. Candidates may not send out global emails through the campus email network.
    Subsection v. Campaigns may not be funded by student life funds.

    Section 10. Vacant Officer Positions

    Subsection i. In case of a vacancy the Student Senate President may appoint a Student Senate member to temporarily fill a position until the next election. Appointments must be approved by a simple majority of the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Any Student Senate member interested in a vacant officer position should notify the Student Senate President.

    Article V. Duties of Executive Board Officers

    Section 1. Requirements of all Executive Board officers

    Subsection i. All Executive Board Officers must carry at least three (3) credits per semester at ARCC-CR.
    Subsection ii. All Executive Board Officers must maintain at least a 2.00 ARCC cumulative GPA.
    Subsection iii. Any Executive Board Officers cannot be a member of any other College’s Student Senate.
    Subsection iv. No Representative may hold more than one (1) executive office at any given time.

    Section 2. President

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    a) Responsible for the overall organizations and operations of the Student Senate and for enforcing the constitution.
    b) President over regularly scheduled Student Senate meetings, including Executive Board meetings.
    c) Call and preside over special.
    d) Oversee proper execution of all motions passed by the Student Senate.
    e) Appoint members to full temporary Executive Board vacancies.
    f) Co-chair the ARCC-CR Student Life Committee with the Dean of Student Life.
    g) Authorize purchase requisitions.
    h) Serve as Ex-Officio Chair of all internal committees unless an alternate is appointed by the President or elected by the Student Senate.
    i) Represent the student body on the College Advisory Committee.
    j) Possess knowledge of MSCSA governing documents.
    k) Be familiar with Minnesota State and ARCC student-related policies.
    l) Represent the Student Senate and serve as chief delegates at MSCSA events.

    - If unable to attend MSCSA meetings the President may appoint another member to attend the Student Senate delegate.

    m) Maintain regular communication with other community and technical colleges and the MSCSA Executive Board.
    n) Work with the Director of Public Relations and Legislation to inform the Student Senate of all bills in the state legislature and congress that relate to higher education.
    o) Meet weekly with the Director of Student Activities.
    p) Orient new members to policies and procedures of the Student Senate
    q) Assist other members in any special projects or events.
    r) Prepare and distribute meeting agendas one (1) hour prior to regular meetings.
    s) Facilitate the activities of the Executive Board.
    t) Shall attend all Student Senate, Student Senate Executive Board, all MSCSA General Assemblies, and all other related or later assigned meetings.

    Section 3. Vice President

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    a) Shall assist the President in all Presidential duties.
    b) President over meetings in the absence of the President.
    c) Coordinate daily operations and concerns of the Student Senate.
    d) Coordinate for Student Senate all committees requiring Student Senate membership in which a member of the student body or Student Senate serves.
    e) Advise the Student Senate concerning matters of parliamentary procedure unless a parliamentarian has been appointed.
    f) Shall organize and chair the following working document committee’s as necessary.

    - The Constitution Committee
    - The Platform Committee

    g) Recommend amendments to the Constitution as necessary.
    h) Update the Constitution with amendments.
    i) Assist the President in maintaining the organization of Student Senate and in handling the internal affairs of the Student Senate.
    j) Advise other officers about their job duties.
    k) Advise other members of current initiatives.
    l) Sign purchase requisitions when the President is unavailable.
    m) Assist other members in any special projects or events.
    n) Assist the Student Senate Advisor in verifying that all members meet the membership requirements.

    Section 4. Director of Communications

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    a) Prepare Student Senate meeting agendas in consultation with the Executive Board.
    b) Shall notify the Students of ARCC-CR of actions taken by the Student Senate, issues, and meetings.
    c) Maintain accurate, historical records of Student Senate, including agendas, meeting minutes, Constitution, Student Senate membership roster, etc.
    d) Record meeting minutes; distribute minutes to interested students, faculty, and administration, prior to the next scheduled meeting.
    e) Take roll-call votes.
    f) Co-chair the Advertising Committee, the purpose of which shall include promotion for the Student Senate. Distribute, as appropriate, mass communication noting concerns and potions of Student Senate on key issues.
    g) Collect Student Senate and Clubs and Organizations mail from Central Services weekly.
    h) Post the Student Senate documents on both the Student Senate Bulletin board(s) and electronically (where available), including:

    - Meeting Agendas at least three (3) business days before the meeting.
    - Meeting Minutes at least three (3) business days prior to the next meeting.

    i) Serve as the fiscal agent for the Student Senate

    - Maintain accurate budget records.
    - Provide budget reports at meetings.

    j) Shall keep motion slips, student forms and copies of the Constitution and Addendums in the file cabinets.
    k) Shall assume other duties as may be assigned or related to the office.
    l) Shall assist other members if needed.

    Section 5. Director of Public Relations and Legislation

    Subsection i. Also known as the Legislative Director
    Subsection ii. This position may be divided into Director of Public Relations and Legislative Director for the term if approved by a three-quarters (3/4) vote of the Student Senate before the election is held.

    a) If position isn’t divided, responsibilities in both subsections iii and iv are the responsibility of the Director of Public Relations and Legislation.

    Subsection iii. Director of Public Relations Responsibilities:

    a) Shall promote the Student Senate to the campus and recruit new members
    b) Chair the Advertising committee, the purpose of which shall include promotion for the Student Senate.
    c) Promote MSCSA Rally Days on Campus.
    d) Write an update article for each printing of the school newspaper.
    e) Be in charge of advertising elections for spring.
    f) Submit publicity for Student Senate sponsored events to appropriate parties (student newspaper, local media, electronic displays, etc.).

    Subsection iv. Legislative Director Responsibilities:

    a) Distribute as appropriate mass communication noting concerns and positions of Student Senate on key issues.
    b) Maintain contact with state legislators, city council members, members of Congress, and Country Commissioners who represent the community around ARCC-CRC.
    c) Maintain contact with the MSCSA Platform Committee and the Metro North Regional Member thereof.
    d) Maintain contact with the MSCSA Government Relations Associate.
    e) Coordinate meetings between members of Student Senate and state legislators at the MSCSA Advocacy Days.
    f) Arrange debates between local candidates in election years.
    g) Promote voter registration and participation on campus.
    h) Keep the Student Senate informed of bills in the state legislature and congress that relate to higher education.

    Section 6. Clubs Coordinator

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    a) Inform the Student Senate of college and club-sponsored activities and events.
    b) Oversee the clubs’ budgets and report them to the Student Senate.

    - Make sure the clubs finish follow-up before new funding requests are submitted.
    - Make sure Appendix F is turned in (beginning of each term).

    c) Make sure the clubs drawer in the Student Senate office is updated and accurate.
    d) Maintain a copy of all official clubs’ Constitution and Bylaws.
    e) Facilitate relations with and provide guidance to clubs.
    f) Assist all interested students in forming clubs.

    - Insuring the requirements for club chartering and funding are met.
    - Ensure that all clubs comply with provisions contained in this Constitution.

    g) Maintain accurate member lists of all clubs and organizations.
    h) Responsible for attending all Programming Board meetings and keep track of club attendance.
    i) At the beginning of each term, obtain a list of all active clubs and organizations first official meetings.
    j) With the Director of Student Activities, solicit information from clubs to assist in recommending the Clubs’ budget considered by the Student Life Committee.
    k) Sit on the Advertising Committee.

    - To promote Clubs and Organizations.
    - Keep calendar of club events current and organized.

    Section 7. Student Senate Technology Liaison

    Subsection i. Responsibilities:

    a) Assist the Student Senate with all matters in regards to technology.
    b) Make recommendations on action items involving technology.
    c) Chair the meeting when reviewing the technology recommendations from the Technology Advisory Committee.
    d) Assist with the upkeep of the Student Senate D2L page.
    e) Oversee the use of the Student Senate property.
    f) Assist with emails and other forms of mass communications.
    g) Oversee/Administer the Student Senate website creation and maintenance.

    Article VI. Quorum and Voting

    Section 1. Quorum

    Subsection i. A quorum shall consist of one-half of the Student Senate membership plus one (1).
    Subsection ii. Only one (1) member present by proxy may be counted toward quorum.
    Subsection iii. The absence of an At-Large member shall not be counted against quorum; however, if an At-Large member is present, he or she may count towards quorum.

    Section 2. Voting

    Subsection i. The Student Senate Advisor shall not have a vote.
    Subsection ii. The President or chair shall not have voting rights except at Executive Board meetings, for the elections of board members and in case of a tie.
    Subsection iii. In the event of an even two-thirds (2/3) or a three-quarters (¾) vote on votes that require it, excluding elections, the President may cast a swing vote.
    Subsection iv. An abstain vote does not count as a no vote.

    Section 3. Proxy

    Subsection i. Voting by proxy for election purposes is prohibited.
    Subsection ii. A member may not proxy his or her vote more than two (2) meeting in a row.
    Subsection iii. A member may receive only one (1) vote by proxy (Up to five members per meeting can proxy their vote).
    Subsection iv. A member may proxy his or her vote to another member to use at their discretion.
    Subsection v. Only an excused absence can proxy their vote.
    Subsection vi. In the event of a foreseen absence, the member may solicit permission from the President of Vice President to proxy and inform the President or Vice President to whom the vote has been proxied.
    Subsection vii. An At-Large representative may not proxy his or her vote.

    Section 4. Conflict of Interest

    Subsection i. Any time there is to be a vote that a Student Senate member(s) would directly benefit from they must abstain.
    Subsection ii. For any motion pertaining to a club or organization, members of said club or organization will abstain.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate member may participate in the discussion to answer questions, but may not advocate for the action to be taken.
    Subsection iv. The minutes shall reflect the abstention of the Student Senate member(s).

    Section 5. All expenditures from the Student Senate budget or Clubs budget require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Student Senate.

    Article VII. Meetings

    Section 1. The Student Senate shall meet once per week during fall and spring semesters, excluding finals week and spring break, and at the call of the Student Senate President during summer session.

    Section 2. All meetings held by the Student Senate are open for any member of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Community, Administration, Faculty, Staff and MSCSA members to attend.

    Section 3. Emergency Meetings

    Subsection i. The President, a majority of members, or a group of fifty (50) students may call an emergency meeting in order to deal with crucial issues as they arise.
    Subsection ii. Emergency meetings shall not take the place of regularly scheduled meetings.
    Subsection iii. Twenty-four (24) hours’ notice must be given for such meetings, and the agenda must be posted twenty-four (24) hours in advance.
    Section 4. Any Student Senate member, College administrator, faculty member, staff member, or registered student may submit an item to the agenda within one (1) hour of regularly scheduled meetings.

    Section 5. All meetings are subject to Robert’s Rules of Order, current Edition.

    Section 6. The President shall chair Student Senate meetings. In the event of vacancies or absences, the temporary chair shall be (in this order): Vice President, Director of Communications, Director of Public Relations and Legislation, Clubs Coordinator, and Student Senate Technology Liaison.

    Section 7. Attendance

    Subsection i. Student Senate members are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings.
    Subsection ii. An absence to a meeting may be excused at the discretion of the Executive Board when a written advanced notification is sent a minimum of thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled start of said meeting.
    Subsection iii. A member is required to notify the President or Vice President in advance of an absence in writing.
    Subsection iv. A member of the Executive Board who plans to be absent must submit their Executive Board Report to the President or Vice President before the meeting.
    Subsection v. Failure to notify in advance and/or submit a report shall result in an unexcused absence.

    Section 8. All meetings are open to interested parties; however, the President must grant anyone wishing to speak the floor. The Student Senate may override this decision by a two-thirds (2/3) vote.

    Section 9. The Student Senate, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may remove anyone from the room who is disturbing order and otherwise disturbing the flow of the meeting.

    Section 10. The Student Senate, by a three-fourths (¾) vote, may order to discuss a sensitive or private issue. Only Student Senate members and the Student Senate Advisor may be in attendance for said issue.

    Section 11. Layout

    Subsection i. The order of business shall be:

    a) Call to order
    b) Roll Call and Establishment of Quorum
    c) Approval of the Agenda
    d) Approval of the Minutes
    e) Student Open Floor and Guest Speakers
    f) Executive Board Reports
    g) Advisor Report
    h) Committee Reports
    i) Unfinished Business
    j) New Business
    k) Other
    l) Good of the Order – Informal Suggestions by members that would benefit the association and it business
    m) Announcements
    n) Adjournment

    Article VIII. Committees and Boards

    Section 1. Attendance

    Subsection i. Appointees are expected to attend all scheduled meetings.
    Subsection ii. If unavailable, appointees are responsible for notifying their alternates, with reasonable time to make the scheduled meeting.

    Section 2. The Executive Board may require a written report one (1) week in advance.

    Subsection i. Written reports shall include, but not be limited to: place, dates of meetings, members, visitors in attendance, and brief summary of each meeting.

    Section 3. Campus Programming Board

    Subsection i. Serving on the ARCC Campus Programming Board fulfills the requirement of serving on a committee.

    Section 4. College Committees

    Subsection i. Students seeking appointment to a college committee must submit a letter of intent to the Student Senate President.
    Subsection ii. Committees (standing or ad hoc) with joint representation from student, faculty, staff, and administration of the college.

    a) Budget Committee
    b) Technology Advisory Committee (TAC)
    c) Safety and Security Committee
    d) Facilities Advisory Committee
    e) Strategic Planning Committee
    f) Strategic Initiative Proposal Committee (SIP)
    g) Art Committee
    h) Student Awards Ceremony Committee
    i) Hiring Committee’s

    Subsection iii. The Student Senate President shall appoint Student Senate members to College Committees when available, else any currently enrolled qualified student.
    Subsection iv. Any At-Large Student Senate member may be the appointed Student Senate member however the same committee attendance rules apply.
    Subsection v. The appointee shall provide a verbal report to the Student Senate following each of the committee’s scheduled meetings, with the exception to hiring committees.

    Section 5. Student Senate Standing Committees

    Subsection i. Committees that have indefinite terms and need to be maintained yearly include:

    a) Student Life Committee, Chaired by the President.
    b) Advertising Committee, Chaired by the Director of Public Relations and Legislation.
    c) Constitution Committee, Chaired by the Vice President.
    d) Platform Committee, Chaired by the Vice President.

    Subsection ii. The committee chair shall present the committee’s findings and/or recommendation(s) to the full Student Senate for further action.

    Section 6. Ad hoc Committees

    Subsection i. Can be formed by a majority vote of the Student Senate, they shall be chaired by the Vice President unless an alternate chair is appointed by the President or elected by the Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Each ad hoc committee is disbanded at a date set by the Student Senate following the formation of said ad hoc committee.
    Subsection iii. Upon disbandment said ad hoc committee chair shall present the committee’s findings and/or recommendation(s) to the full Student Senate.

    Article IX. Clubs and Organizations

    Section 1. Student groups seeking official club or organization status must meet the following requirements:

    Subsection i. Be open to with no discrimination regarding race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
    Subsection ii. Ensure that club’s purpose benefits students and the College.
    Subsection iii. Secure a faculty or staff advisor, approved by the Director of Student Activities.
    Subsection iv. Submit a proposed written constitution to the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. If the proposed club seeks to be affiliated with a state or national organization, the affiliated constitution and the terms of affiliation must also be submitted and approved by the Student Senate.
    Subsection vi. Submit a roster of active student-members and student/tech ID’s, ensuring the minimum membership is at least five (5).
    Subsection vii. Approval of the charter requires a three-fourths (¾) majority vote of the Student Senate.

    Section 2. Responsibilities of clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. All clubs and organizations must submit a completed Appendix F of the ARCC Clubs and Organization Guide to the Student Senate after their first official meeting of each semester, excluding summer semester.
    Subsection ii. Maintain at least five (5) active student members at all times.

    a) Member list must be kept current with the Clubs Coordinator.
    b) Members must be registered for a minimum of one (1) credit.

    Subsection iii. Submit a written report (once a semester) twice per year to report meeting schedule, activities, upcoming events, and anticipated funding needs.
    Subsection iv. Submit all Constitution and Bylaw amendments and/or revisions to the Student Senate.
    Subsection v. Any club or organization wishing to receive funds must have a representative present at the programming board meetings at least once a month.
    Subsection vi. All club and organization expenditure requests require one (1) Student Club representative to appear before the Student Senate if totaling over their allotted year approved budget.
    Subsection vii. Before a club or organization’s expenditure request may be approved, the club must have completed the required follow-up for all past approved expenditures.
    Subsection viii. All club and organization expenditure requests requiring Student Senate approval must be turned in to the Student Senate or Director of Student Activities one (1) in advance of the Student Senate meetings.
    Subsection ix. All clubs and organizations members that receive approval for travel must agree and sign the Student Travel Responsibility Contract and return it to the Director of Student Activities.
    Subsection x. All clubs and organizations must adhere to the expectations and responsibilities listed in the ARCC Clubs and Organizations Guide, Appendix F.

    Section 3. Student Senate responsibilities in regard to clubs and organizations include:

    Subsection i. The Student Senate considers requests for provisional and official club status and recommends action to the College President. The College President shall have final authority to approve or deny all charters.
    Subsection ii. The Student Senate shall have the right to inspect all books, records, and activities of clubs to review operations and to determine that clubs are operating within their stated purpose.
    Subsection iii. The Student Senate considers for action all requests for funding brought forth by clubs.
    Subsection iv. The Student Senate shall have the privilege of calling presiding officers or other duly constituted members of the clubs for consultation when considering matters of concern to these organizations.
    Subsection v. The Student Senate, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, may place on probation, suspend, or revoke the charter and official club status of any club or organization.

    a) Which fails to abide by its stated purpose.
    b) That is determined to be in violation of the Student Senate rules and responsibilities as previously stated.
    c) Or fail to meet the overall requirements of the College.

    Subsection vi. Prior to a charter being placed on probation, suspension, or revocation, members shall be granted an opportunity to speak on behalf of the club or organization.

     

    Article X. Discipline

    Section 1. Any CSG member found in violation of the Student Conduct Code or illegal behavior shall be removed from the CSG immediately

    Section 2. Any CSG member is subject to the suspension of their right to vote as a senator for

    Subsection i. Failing to meet the requirements of serving as a senator

    Section 3. Any CSG member is subject to removal for

    Subsection i. Failing to maintain the minimum qualifications stated in Article II, Section 1 (as determined by the Director of Student Activities)

    Subsection ii. Failing to carry out his/her membership responsibilities

    Subsection iii. Behaving in a manner deemed unfit by the CSG

    Subsection iv. Missing two (2) meetings unexcused

    a.) A meeting absence will be determined by a majority of the executive board

    Subsection v. Failing to follow the Student Code of Conduct set forth by ARCC

    Section 4. The CSG executive board in conjunction with the Director of Student Activities will immediate remove any CSG member due to a Student Conduct violation, falling below the minimum requirements or other illegal/unethical behavior

    Section 5.  Any member may be removed from the CSG by a two-thirds (2/3) vote.  To the extent possible, the member being considered for removal shall be notified prior to a vote to dismiss and given an opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf.

    Article XI. Dormancy and Method of Dissolution

    Section 1.  In the event the CSG becomes dormant, the CSG Advisor shall set a meeting and notify all Representatives.

    Section 2.  The ARCC-CR CSG may be dissolved by one (1) or more of the following methods:

    Subsection i. By a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the student body; or

    Subsection ii. Closing of the college

    Article XII. Amendment

    Section 1. Suggestions to amend the Constitution may be made in the following manners

    Subsection i. Any administrative staff of the college may submit a proposed amendment to the appropriate committee.

    Subsection ii. Any CSG member may submit a proposed amendment to the appropriate committee.

    Subsection iii. Any student may submit a proposed amendment to the CSG, if a petition supporting the amendment has signatures of two hundred fifty (250) students, or five (5) percent of the student body full-year equivalent (FYE), whichever is fewer.

    Subsection iv. A proposed amendment must be submitted at least one meeting prior to the vote on the amendment.

    Section 2.  Amendment Requirements:

    Subsection i. The Constitution shall be amended by three-fourths (3/4) vote of the CSG

    Section 3. Ratification:

    Subsection i. Amendments to the Constitution, when ratified, take effect at the beginning of the next term or midterm.

    a.) “Midterm” for the fall semester is defined as the week after MEA weekend.
    b.) “Midterm” for the spring semester is defined as the week after spring break.

    Subsection ii. Any minor amendments made to this document shall be listed in a “Revision History” section.

    Subsection iii. Any major amendment made to this document shall be documented in the old copy of this document which is to be kept for historical purpose.

    Section 4. This document may be suspended, as a whole or in part, temporarily by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the CSG

    Article XIII. Revision History

    Section 1.  Revisions made 2008:

    Subsection i. In the Bylaws Article IV, Section 2, Letter D

    a.) took out the words that a representative from each club must attend every CSG meeting and replaced it with
    b.) One student club representative must appear in front of the CSG during the first two (2) consecutive meetings of each term that the club is established. Also they are required to meet one (1) additional time near midterm, to be determined by CSG, and communicated via the clubs coordinator. In addition to any other request by a (2/3) vote by the CSG

    Section 2.  Revisions made 2009:

    Subsection i. Bylaws became part of the constitution again.

    a.) Reason: Roberts’s rules of order stated the only reason for bylaws is to make it harder to change the constitution and most organizations have done away with bylaws.

    Subsection ii. Article X Section 2

    a.) Added Subsection v.

    Subsection iii. Article IV. Section 4 & Section 7 & Article VIII Section 2 & Section 6

    a.) Broken up into subsections

    Section 3. Revisions made 2010:

    Subsection i. Added CSG Technology Liaison and Conflict of interest subsection.

    Section 4. Revisions made in 2011:

    Subsection i. Article II. Moved Section 3 to Section 4. Section 3 added Senators.
    Subsection ii. Article II, Section 4. Under Subsection vii. After the word Section added 1 and.
    Subsection iii. Article II, Section 4. Added Subsection viii.
    Subsection iv. Article IV, Section 3, Subsection iv, Capitalized the S in student, A in at, and L in large.
    Subsection v. Article VI, Section 3, Subsection iv. Strike out the number 3 and inserted: 4 with the exception of meeting attendance.
    Subsection vi. Article IV, Section 4. Added Subsection iv.
    Subsection vii. Article V, Section 2. Added letters s-t.
    Subsection viii. Article V, Section 4. Added letters j-l.
    Subsection ix. Article VII. Changed Section 2, to Section 3, and inserted in Section 2:

    a) All meetings held by the Student Senate are open for any member of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Community in good standing, Administration, Faculty, Staff, and MSCSA members to attend.

    Subsection x. Article IX, Section 2, Subsection iii. Strike out the word once and added: Four (4) times (twice a semester)

    Section 5. Revisions made in 2012:

    Subsection i. Article II, Section 2, Subsection ii. Strike out semester and added: academic year.
    Subsection ii. Article II, Section 2, Subsection vii. Added per semester.
    Subsection iii. Article II, Section 2, Subsection iv. Added the word will, strike the word may, added the word and, strike the word reports.
    Subsection iv. Article II, Section 2, Subsection vi. Added unexcused.
    Subsection v. Article II, Section 5. Added the entire section.
    Subsection vi. Article III, Section 4, Subsection i. Added Director.
    Subsection vii. Article IV, Section 6, Subsection ii. Added second, strike out first.
    Subsection viii. Article IV, Section 6, Subsection vi. Added “for conflict of interest or bias.”

    Section 6. Revisions made in 2015:

    Subsection i. Changed CSG to Student Senate.
    Subsection ii. Article X, Subsection vi.

    Section 7. Revisions made in 2016:

    Subsection i. Article IX, Section 2, Subsection vi. Removed “$500 yearly” and “added their allotted year budget”
    Subsection ii. Article IX, Section 2, Subsection vii. Removed Subsection completely and renumbered accordingly.

  • The students from Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids campus volunteer their efforts and time to make Student Senate work.

    Executive Board

    President, Becca Larson
    Vice President, Anna Ewing
    Communications Director, Ricardo Gonzales
    Public Relations Coordinator, Destiny Stevens
    Clubs Coordinator, Megan Caldwell

    COON RAPIDS SENATORS

    Senator, Tanner Hanson
    Senator, Ted Parker
    Senator, Jonathan Rogers
    Senator, Jon Shomion
    Senator, Nick Singleton

  • Coon Rapids Student Senate meetings are held:

    Wednesdays
    2 to 3 pm
    Rm S145

    All students are encouraged to attend! Feel free to stop in and see what it is about, a commitment is not required. Also make note that you can arrive and stay as long as you can or wish, however we would prefer you stay until the end of the meeting if possible. 

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